Kingfisher Cycle Trail

Cycling On Road
County Cavan
1 review
Grade Very Challenging
Length 362.2 km
Time 5 days
Format Loop
Nearest Town to Start Carrick-on-Shannon
Lat. and Long. 53.94297453, -8.095919776

This cycle trail follows minor country roads, canal side tracks and leafly laneways with rolling hills and mountain climbs as it winds through the rural countryside of the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan in territory dotted with rivers and lakes. Attractions include the Lough Scur Dolmen, Castle Coole and the Marble Arch Caves.

The Kingfisher Cycle Trail was the first long distance cycle trail in Ireland.
This unique mixture of Lakelands, canal side tracks, rolling hills, leafy laneways and mountain climbs make the Kingfisher Trail the ideal choice for all levels of Cyclist. The overall figure of 8 encompasses a number of shorter trails which are designed for anything for 1 day to 8 day tours.


Peter from Canada

This is a superb trail network but, like many things Irish, it confuses me. For starters, I have been cycling the trail for many years but have never, ever seen one other cyclist on it. That's right. Not one. And I have ridden hundreds of kilometres.

Part of the problem is you need a modified mountain bike to drive the back roads. A regular road bike won't do. And a regular mountain bike is too heavy and clunky.

I have an old Rocky Mountain with no shocks, front and back. I changed the tires to a narrower profile and keep them pumped hard. The bike rocks. But im pretty sure I'm the only cyclist in Ireland to figure this out.

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